The Philadelphia Film Festival Begins Tonight
Today, The Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinefest 09 kicks off in Philadelphia. The 12-day festival includes several special events like awards ceremonies honoring Jeff Daniels and Alfre Woodard and Danger After Dark, a collection of the most horrifying genre films from around the world. In addition, Daniels will be attending a screening of his latest, The Answer Man, which also happens to be the opening film at the Sonoma International Film Festival next week.
Where to Stay:
You donít have to worry so much about the cost of tickets to the festival because you can get a hotel room in the City of Brotherly Love for only a dollar a night. Thatís right, The Alexander Inn is offering $1 rooms, Thursday-Sunday, through May 21st. Of course, there are stipulations. The rooms will only be confirmed with advanced reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first night of the guests' stays and you may only make one reservation for one room during the promotion. To guarantee a reservation you can contact the inn by telephone at (215) 923-3535, or 1-877-253-9466.
Where to Eat:
To keep the cheap theme going, donít forget about Matyson, the fancy Philly restaurant now offering a recession friendly menu. The discounted meals include a four course feast for just $35. You can also bring your own wine to cut costs even further. Can you say Carlo Rossi and a doggie bag? Now thatís recession dining!
What to See:
Tonight, (500) Days of Summer, starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, about about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her, officially opens the festival. A screening of the film will be followed by a party on the 19th Floor of the Park Hyatt Bellevue in the hotelís Promenade, Rose Garden and Bar, and Cafe XIX with light bites and a limited open bar. The film's director, Marc Webb, as well as select cast members, will be in attendance. Tickets for both the film and party are $65, tickets for the screening only are $15, and tickets for the party only are $55.
· Philadelphia Film Festival [Official Site]
· Philly Chit Chat [Phila Film Fest and Shut Up and Dance Coming Up]
· Philadelphia Travel Guide [Jaunted]
[Photos: On Location Vacations]